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Shelves empty as food bank demand is steady

Donations are down, leaving the shelves at the Vernon food bank bare.

“We’re out of rice, cereal, canned veggies, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce and brown beans,” said David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director.

During the summer months, the number of donations can be down as many people are on holidays and just out enjoying the sun, said MacBain.

But the demand for food does not diminish during the summer.

“The demand continues to be there,” said MacBain, who is encouraging quality donations.

He is hopeful that donations can help, particularly with some upcoming food drives.

The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive collection week is scheduled for Sept. 8 to 13 in Vernon.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints organizes the Thanksgiving Food Drive with the help of Rotarians and other local businesses and residents.

Bags are left on local door steps for residents to fill with non-perishable items and put back out on their doorstep for volunteers to collect.

Save-On-Foods manager Jim Tennant is also  planning to once again go to extreme heights to collect donations with his rooftop food drive.

 

That event is tentatively scheduled for September.

 

 

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